Weird stuff...

Fri Jan 28, 2005 5:33 pm

well, today i went out to work on Cubby. I found some stuff...

On the hood, there is some weird clear plastic-esque stuff. it looks like it dripped down from the ceiling. im not sure what it is, but it doesnt peel off. i was going to try to use some paint thinner or naptha to get it off, but then i thought about it taking the primer off. what is everyones opinion on what i should do?

also, what is the ideal painting temperature for Cubby? I dont plan to use hardner, because i saw some of the threads on deadly vapors.

Also any painting tips would be aprecaited

Aaron :)

Fri Jan 28, 2005 6:47 pm

I would try scraping the thickest part off with a pliable sharp knife blade and then wipe the remains off with naptha or rubbing alcohol etc. Even if you rub the primer off it aint no big deal as you know primer applies easily. Now if it had a finnish paint coat I would approach the cleaning method more carefully.

Fri Jan 28, 2005 11:26 pm

try warming it with a hair dryer

Fri Jan 28, 2005 11:40 pm

John *.?-!.* cub owner wrote:try warming it with a hair dryer

Just remember to give back the hair dryer or the wife might have your butt the next morning (voice of experience :lol: ) works excellent for heat shrink tubing too

Fri Jan 28, 2005 11:49 pm

i dont have a wife... im 16, but i have a mom :P and she'll get mad lol :lol: i have an industrial strength heat gun also, should i use that?

thanks for the suggestions guys! :D

Sat Jan 29, 2005 12:08 am

Just be careful about how much heat you apply. You want to soften it, not melt it so it runs and sticks more.


Tue Feb 01, 2005 4:22 pm

If it's semi-pliable plastic, you might want to try cold instead of hot to get it off. Heat will make it more, well, "plastic" if you know what I mean. Cold will make it brittle and more likely to chip away with moderate pressure.

You can try compressed air or cans of environmentally-safe refrigerant, or even dry ice, so long as you don't exceed your primer's low temperature range (and you probably won't) you might find it comes off a lot easier than heating and schmearing it around.

Tue Feb 01, 2005 9:12 pm


Do not rule out the use of catalyst paint (hardener). Two things are required:
1. A good respirator
2. Good ventilation (a squirrel cage or some other type of high volume fan to exhaust the vapors)

I have used catalysed and cellulose finishes for almost 40 years. You should always have items 1 and 2 no matter what type of paint/finish you are applying.

Sooo, I guess the point I am trying to make is that when working with any finishing material safety is the most important concern. Address all finishing materials with care whether they be catalyzed or not.

There are many experienced finishers her on the board who can help you and walk you through setting up a "temporary" paint booth if you don't already have access to a permanent facility.

One other thing...

Wed Feb 02, 2005 1:56 pm

you can try is fingernail polish remover. It is basically acetone, which is good for fiberglass cleaning, etc. You can buy the real acetone at hardware stores, HD, Lowes, etc. Use it in an open area, as it can be flammable, and it stinks. Please do not use near open flame. It will evaporate quite quickly too, so make sure you put the top back on the container.



Wed Feb 02, 2005 2:34 pm


Wed Feb 02, 2005 3:41 pm

I was thinking along the same lines as HART.


Thu Feb 03, 2005 10:23 am

sap is definetly a possibility.

thanks all for the help, and sorry i havnt posted in a while, i had surgery on my neck tuesday.

btw.. its snowing here... anyone else getting snow?